Robert Welsh, who once donned the Penn State Nittany Lion mascot outfit, has accused the Big Ten of breaking a confidential agreement when it allegedly stole his idea to create the Big Ten Network. He is taking the league and network to court.
In his suit, Welsh claims he presented to a group of Big Ten officials and athletic directors his plan to create a Big Ten network back in 1998, according to Crain's Chicago Business.
The suit states that Welsh “distributed his business plan on a confidential basis and made a comprehensive and detailed presentation, including a specific delineation of the Big Ten Network plan as a satellite/cable television medium.”
But the conference decided it "did not wish to cede control over such matters to an independent entity" and instead took Welsh’s idea as its own.
Thanks to Kevin of We Are Penn State.